Wates Construction has been appointed to build a new student accommodation development at Teesside University as part of the university’s £300m ‘campus masterplan’.
Located off Woodlands Road and Southfield Road in Middlesbrough, the £21.4m Cornell Quarter development will comprise 300 bedrooms over a 8,286 sq m space.
The project, delivered through collaborative procurement consultancy specialist Scape Venture, will include a lounge, laundry facility, gym, movie room and office space in addition to the student accommodation.
Vice-chancellor and chief executive of Teesside University, Professor Paul Croney, commented: “Our ambitious programme of investment will completely transform the campus over the next decade and reinforces our commitment to providing the very best student and learning experience.
“I am delighted to see work start on Cornell Quarter which will provide yet another fantastic accommodation facility of which our students can be proud of.”
Throughout construction of Cornell Quarter, Wates will deliver on its pledge to provide training and employment opportunities for local people, following its work on Darlington’s National Horizons Centre where it provided 19 work placements, 17 education visits and workshops and 145 apprentice hours on site.
David Wingfield, Business Unit Director for Wates Construction North East & Yorkshire, explained: “Cornell has been taken from project inception to site in just six months and this efficiency is a huge testament to our team’s expertise and the strength of our relationship with the university.
“Furthermore, procurement via Scape Venture gives us a fantastic forum to ensure this project builds on the local impact of National Horizons Centre through our ongoing investment in training and employment for local people.”
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